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Road proximity may boost songbird nest success in tropics

In the world’s temperate regions, proximity to roads usually reduces the reproductive success of birds, thanks to predators that gravitate toward habitat edges. However, the factors affecting bird nest success are much less studied in the tropics — so does this pattern hold true? New research shows that interactions between roads, nesting birds, and their predators may unfold differently in Southeast Asia.

Brexit – an environmental recap

Mark ♦ January 29, 2019 ♦ 3 Comments Today is the latest, and not the last, in a series of momentous parliamentary days in shaping how, or perhaps if, we are leaving the EU. A no-deal Brexit in 59 days’…

Global warming vs. Northeast rail travel – The CT Mirror

The cover of the climate change vulnerability assessment. What follows is a public apology.  Not to you, dear reader, but to future generations. “To my grand children:  I’m sorry we left you with this mess.  We should have done more, when we still…

Prospect press release – Natural England

Mark ♦ January 29, 2019 ♦ 1 Comment Prospect report shows England’s natural heritage at risk from funding cuts Almost a decade of real-term pay cuts, and four consecutive years of funding cuts, coupled with the impact of Brexit, are…

Guest blog – Valuing conservation volunteers by Louise Bacon

Mark ♦ January 29, 2019 ♦ 23 Comments Louise writes: I used to be a biochemist studying human immune system malfunction whilst being a part-time naturalist and conservationist. Then I converted to being an environmental data geek, which is what…

Cattle urine’s planet-warming power can be curtailed with land restoration

(International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)) The exceptional climate-altering capabilities of cattle are mainly due to methane, which they blast into the atmosphere during their daily digestive routine. Cattle urine is a lesser-known climate offender. It produces nitrous oxide (N2O), which has warming power far greater than that of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main driver of global warming. A study conducted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and partners shows that these N2O emissions can be significantly curbed by healthy cattle pastures.

China’s regulations unsuccessful in curbing methane emissions

(Johns Hopkins University) China, already the world’s leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins study shows.